Obituary for Ruth K. Ensey-Whiteside

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Ruth K. Ensey-Whiteside

May 19, 1940 - November 10, 2017

Ruth K. (Snyder) Ensey-Whiteside, age 77, passed away Friday morning, November 10, 2017. She was a former resident of Nashville, and most recently lived in Hope. Ruth was born May 19, 1940, in Marion County, to the late Roger L. and Dorothy L. (Shultz) Snyder. She was a 1969 graduate of Manual High School in Indianapolis and later attended IUPUI. Ruth retired as a special needs school bus driver for Brown County School Corporation. She was also the former owner of Shady Acres Bed & Breakfast in Brown County which she operated for more than 15 years. Prior to that she worked as a Bus Driver for IndyGo Bus in Indianapolis. Ruth loved living in Brown County and became involved in several social organizations, including the Brown County Historical Society and the Brown County Pioneer Women’s Club. She was a longtime member of the Nashville Christian Church and First Baptist Church of Hope. Ruth expressed herself through her love of cooking, even writing several cookbooks. She was known in Brown County for her tea parties. Ruth is survived by her children, John M. (LaDonna) Whiteside of Morristown, Burton R. (LaVerne) Whiteside of Taylorsville, Patrick J. (Denise) Whiteside of Hope, Scott A. (Shauna) Whiteside of Indianapolis & Mark A. (Chrissy) Whiteside of Waldron; siblings Alleen K. (Ben) Fields of Lake Helen, FL, and Fred H. (Mary) Snyder of Indianapolis; 14 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Katherine R. Whiteside; son, Ronald W. Whiteside Jr., infant granddaughter, Heather Dawn Whiteside, and brother William D. Snyder. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 17th at Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 16th at the funeral home. Friend may also call from 10am until time of service Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown. Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Ruth to the: Brown County Historical Society and the Brown County Pioneer Women’s Club: P.O. Box 668 Nashville, IN 47448 to the Nashville Christian Church: 160 Van Buren Street Nashville, IN 47448 or to the First Baptist Church of Hope: 455 Jackson St. Hope, IN 47246. Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Whiteside family at Information: (812) 597-4670


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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Date: Friday, November 17, 2017

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Service Information

Date: Friday, November 17, 2017

Time: 11:00 am

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Born: May 19, 1940
Died: November 10, 2017

Condolences for Ruth Ensey-Whiteside

Eileen Helm posted on 11/15/17

Ruth was a very kind person and I enjoyed talking with her when I was visiting my Mom, Minnie Childs. It was a pleasure meeting Ruth's family. Praying for comfort and peace for the family during this difficult time.


June McCart posted on 11/12/17

Ruth was a very special friend. I loved spending time with her and going to lunch. I will miss her greatly. But, I also know when we get to heaven there will be no more pain. I am so thankful she was a child of God.


James A WI;SON posted on 11/15/17

Ruth was a very special and dear friend to me . I will miss her greatly. She and I became running buddys at Metro in the 80s and our friendship grew from there. I met all her family and watched her boys turn into great men.She was a great mother and true friend in all that she ever did.I know heaven got another angel and some day we will all meet again.I love ya Ruth fly high sweet angel. Always in my heart Linda


Jane Butler posted on 11/16/17

Ruth was a wonderful lady. I am very glad to have known her all these years. My heart goes out to the family. Rest in peace Ruth.


Mark and Chrissy Whiteside posted on 11/13/17

Always in our heart. We love you!


Mel and Jenny Chance posted on 11/18/17

Ruth was an extra-special friend to us. We met Ruth thru Mel's sister, Judy Bierman, who knew Ruth in Indy and used to ride her bus. I believe that it was Ruth who introduced us to scones and tea parties. We always enjoyed her Annual Open House. Ruth was a remarkable lady and we were blessed to know her and her family. Sending our love and prayers.


Connie Pockevich posted on 11/18/17

Remember Ruth from Pioneer Woman's Club She was always sweet , helpful and nice to be with. Blessings to your family.


Mikki Jo Smith posted on 11/17/17

So sorry for your loss, Ruth was more like a mother to me than a stepmother she was warm and welcomed everyone and I mean everyone into her home she never knew a stranger. She was such a blessing to so many.